BALTIMORE (WJZ) — Three Baltimore City teenagers were murdered in just eight days. Now city leaders are vowing to fight back against the violence before it claims any more lives.
Meghan McCorkell has more on what they’re doing.
Since the beginning of the year, seven teenagers have been killed in the city. City leaders are trying to prevent it from happening again.
Gathered under the flagpole at Edmondson-Westside High School, emotions were high as family and friends remembered 17-year-old Michael Mayfield.
“He wanted to be somebody in life. He wanted to do some things and go some places,” said his aunt, Wendy Mayfield.
Those dreams were cut short.
The Air Force ROTC cadet and star baseball player was found shot to death inside a minivan on Lyndhurst Avenue one week ago. His murderer is still on the loose.
“Why Mike go? Out of everyone. Out of all people. Mike go?” said his friend Mikequan Brown.
Mayfield is one of three teenagers killed in Baltimore City in just over a week. On April 14, 18-year-old Raysharde Sinclair was stabbed to death on York Road and 14-year-old Najee Thomas was shot in the head inside his Cherry Hill home Tuesday. Thomas is the son of Ronnie Thomas–also known as “Skinny Suge”–star of the infamous “Stop Snitching” video, threatening witnesses who come forward.
It’s that mentality city leaders are fighting against.
“The recent spike just underscores the need for vigilance, as well as a commitment from my administration and the whole city to look for ways that we can do more to support our young people,” said Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake.
As for Mayfield’s family, they just want someone to come forward.
“All we want is justice and we want whoever did this to be caught,” said cousin Andre Baldwin Jr.
So Michael can rest in peace.
Funeral services for Mayfield will be held Thursday.
Metro Crime Stoppers is offering a reward for information leading to an arrest in his murder.
Out of the seven teenage murder cases this year, arrests have been made in two.
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